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« on: November 07, 2010, 12:32:57 pm »

Deaths in British custody spark outrage over police brutality

Published 06 November, 2010, 06:00
Edited 07 November, 2010, 03:26

In Britain, one person is said to die of contact with police every week as relatives of the victims have taken to the streets to bring attention to the alarming number of deaths in police custody.

Sean Rigg-David, mentally ill, was restrained by four police officers and bundled into a van, and in the five minutes it took to get to the police station, had stopped breathing. He died a short time later.

Two years on, his death has not been investigated. And the results of investigations are often unsatisfactory. During last year’s G20 riots, police knocked down Ian Tomlinson, who later died. No conviction was brought against the officer responsible.

The vast majority of people killed in police custody belong to a class of have-nots – the marginalized, often from tough inner-city areas. More than half had previously been involved with the mental health services. But despite more than 400 deaths in or directly following police custody in the last 10 years, no policeman has ever been convicted of murder or manslaughter.

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On average, one person per week dies as a result of contact with the police, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. And that’s not even counting deaths in prison, immigration centers and mental institutions.

“Police officers don’t just commit minor crime, but they commit the crime of manslaughter, and that is the main reason why people are here today and asking people to do something about it. If there are human right abuses in Iran we are complaining, or in China we complain, but human right abuses in Britain and it seems to be silence,” says Ken Ferrow, activist of the United Families and Friends Campaign.

That’s worth shouting about, these people say. But this protest fell on deaf ears. The police at Downing Street refused to take their petition – and they had to leave it tied to the railings.


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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2010, 01:08:49 pm »

I still hold that Tomlinson was killed in a pre-planned hit. The purpose was to incite mistrust of the Police in general and reinforce a long standing grievance between the public and cops in England, and to pave the way for american style troop deployment on the streets to deal with flare-ups in the coming 2 to 3 year cataclysmic period in British History.

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The Copper who knocked down Tomlinson, it was well reported by all MSM particularly C4 News at the time, had removed his Number ID from his shoulder and immediately following the attack walked over and liased with his commander. He immediately sought to defuse problems and questions and not appear to have done anything extraordinary, unnecessary or unprovokedly whilst deliberately intending to cause severe injury or worse to a guy they probably knew would pass that way, because of the kettling activities in the surrounding streets. Tomlinson was a newspaper vendor with a regular patch, so CCTV and other snooping methods would have clearly been able to identify where he would most likely re-route himself in a given scenario.

Tomlinson too had previous health issues that would make severe shock or violent blows likely to lead to more serious outcomes than just a 'knock on the bonce'. A coincidence?

It was a hit, predetermined in conjuction with the once SPG. They're now called something else ... what is it? Peter Power used to be a sergeant with them at the time of the instigation by Police Action (another death, this time of a mother in a house) of the Brixton Riots of 1981.

Otherwise it's all just chance events, coincidences. I respect coincidence as a mathematical probability, perhaps, but I don't trust coincidence ....
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 03:43:34 am »

It concerns me that no effective mechanism is in place to supervise the police.

What concerns me even more, is that we are not hearing any noise from the honest police who do not wish to be associated with rotten apples.

The silence is deafening.
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